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Call for Papers – Edited Collection
Online Othering: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web
Editors: Dr Karen Lumsden (Loughborough University) and Dr Emily Harmer (University of Liverpool)
The Internet plays a vital role in many aspects of our social, political and cultural lives and in the early days of its expansion there was much enthusiasm for its potentially transformative role in providing a space for individuals to construct their identities, communicate with others and share ideas and concerns. A perhaps unanticipated consequence of these developments has been the extent to which some individuals and groups have used this freedom to engage in hateful or discriminatory communicative practices online in these loosely regulated spaces, often hiding behind the cloak of anonymity. For instance, women on Twitter and in the public eye have found themselves subject to online harassment, sexism and trolling, while the aftermath of the Brexit vote saw in a rise in reports of hate speech including racism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism, in both online and offline contexts.
This edited collection explores the othering and discrimination propagated and encountered by individuals online and in social media contexts and cultures. It problematizes and analyses the dichotomy presented between real and virtual worlds (and spaces) by exploring the motivations behind certain offending and othering behaviours, and the impact this has on the targets of online abuse and hate speech. This includes the extent to which online othering constitutes a new phenomenon and how the motivations for committing forms of cyber-abuse, cyber-hate, and othering relate to the expression of these attitudes and behaviours in the offline context.
It explores the extent to which forms of information and communication technologies facilitate, exacerbate, and/or promote, the enactment of traditional offline offences (such as domestic abuse and stalking). Finally, the collection addresses the role of the police and other agencies in terms of their interventions, and the regulation and governance of virtual space(s).
The edited collection is an output from a one-day conference on Online Othering hosted at Loughborough University. We are seeking additional contributions to the volume from scholars and researchers working in disciplines such as sociology, communication and media studies, criminology, political studies and/or gender studies.
Contributions should address the ways in which various groups and identities are subjected to othering in online environments. This can include news websites, social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), blogs, and forums. We are also interested in contributions which explore othering across multiple contexts. Potential topics can include, but are not limited to:
§ Trolling and gendered online abuse/harassment;
§ Cyber-bullying or cyber-stalking;
§ Hate crime/speech online;
§ Homophobia and/or transphobia;
§ Online representations of disability;
§ Class bigotry;
§ Racism, Islamophobia, or anti-Semitism;
§ Sexting and/or revenge pornography;
§ Brexit, Trumpism and the rise of the 'alt-right'.
The edited collection proposal is to be submitted to Palgrave as part of their Cyber-Crime series by Autumn 2017. For accepted submissions, the finalised chapters will need to be received by the end of September 2018.
Interested contributors should email a title, abstract (250 words) and biography (100 words) to both Karen Lumsden K.Lumsden@lboro.ac.uk and Emily Harmer E.Harmer@liverpool.ac.uk by 31 August 2017. Authors will be informed of decisions by 30 September 2017.
Stigma, Health, and Inequality: A Two-Day Workshop
11-12 January 2018, Cardiff University
Organised by Gareth Thomas (Cardiff University) and Kayleigh Garthwaite (Newcastle University)
Funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness (FSHI)
We are delighted to announce that we will be running a free two-day workshop entitled 'Stigma, Health, and Inequality' at Cardiff University (UK) on 11-12 January 2018. We are now seeking contributions to be part of a programme which includes keynote presentations from Imogen Tyler (Lancaster University), Tom Slater (University of Edinburgh), and Graham Scambler (UCL).
Recent research has documented the devastating persistence of economic inequality in the UK, in which people are increasingly driven below the poverty line. However, what is frequently overlooked in such accounts is the potency of stigma in a context of neoliberalism and growing inequalities. This two day event brings together 40 senior and early career academics in the UK and Ireland from various disciplines – sociology, anthropology, human geography, urban studies, media studies, and social policy – whose research interests lie very broadly across the fields of stigma, health (as a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing), and inequality. As well as providing opportunities for collaboration in a small but focused setting, the workshop will also involve a 'mentoring scheme' and a 'journal club' to support early career academics (including postgraduate students). We also intend to submit a research monograph as a result of this event and all attendees will be asked to consider a possible submission for this. We are seeking contributions from people which do not necessarily seek to quantitatively/epidemiologically 'prove' a link between inequalities and stigma, but rather qualitatively explore the experiences, attitudes, and practices of people with regards to a range of (often interrelated) topics including, but not limited to:
- Food poverty;
- Housing and displacement;
- Media representations (e.g. 'poverty porn');
- Mental health;
- Migration and asylum;
- Nationality and citizenship;
- Parenthood and family life;
- Place-based / territorial stigma;
- Race and ethnicity;
- Social class;
- Welfare reform;
- Youth studies.
We ask that people interested in taking part submit a title and 250 word abstract by midnight on 1 September 2017. This can be submitted via the workshop website: https://thomasg23.wixsite.com/stigma.
Alternatively, abstracts can be emailed directly to Gareth (email@example.com) and Kayleigh (Kayleigh.Garthwaite@newcastle.ac.uk). Notifications of acceptance will be received by 15 September 2017. Presentations at the event are expected to be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for a Q&A.
It is also possible to attend the event as a non-presenter. If this is the case, please indicate your interest in attending via the workshop website. However, it should be noted this is not a guarantee of attendance. Attendees will be selected after receiving all applications. Regardless of whether you intend to attend as a presenter or a non-presenter, please register your interest by 1 September 2017.
Places are limited (N=40) and are expected to go fast! We are offering bursaries to five postgraduate students (£100 each) to help cover costs for travel, accommodation, and subsistence. To be eligible for consideration, postgraduate students should register their interest for the workshop via the website and email a short biography of around 50-100 words outlining their current status and research interests to Gareth and Kayleigh. Bursary recipients will be announced after all workshop places have been allocated.
For further details about the programme and the event more generally (e.g. speakers, getting to the venue, registration, etc.), please visit the website. For any more information, please contact Gareth or Kayleigh on the email addresses provided above.
Durch das Arbeitsprinzip Partizipation in der Sozialen Arbeit sollen Praxen Unterstützung finden, die Wissensdomänen der Beteiligten konsequent als gleichwertig respektieren. Aktuelle Praxisbeispiele aus Deutschland und USA zeigen, wie u.a. mit Familien bestehende Angebote einer kritischen Prüfung und Weiterentwicklung unterzogen wurden. Konflikte im Zusammenhang mit der Stärkung der Selbstorganisation einerseits und der Etablierung von Vereinnahmungsprozessen anderseits sind dabei nur ein Feld, in dem aufscheint, dass dialogische Praxen keineswegs als konfliktarm, sondern viel mehr als konfliktreich zu kennzeichnen sind. Wie Konfliktlinien, die nicht selbstverständlich zwischen Professionellen und Angebots-Nutzer_innen, sondern gegebenenfalls zwischen Professionellen und ihren institutionellen Rahmen verlaufen, im Kontext subjektwissenschaftlicher Praxisforschung produktiv aufgegriffen werden können, kann bei dieser Gelegenheit diskutiert werden.
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